Washington Police Department

Another vehicle has gone missing in Washington.

Washington police are investigating a stolen truck and flatbed trailer. The truck and trailer were reported stolen Monday, Aug. 28, at 7:12 a.m.

The truck is a 1999 Ford F-250 with a dark color. The license plate is 86A-6LF. The trailer is a 20-foot black flatbed trailer.

Both the truck and trailer were last seen Saturday, Aug. 26, at 3 p.m. in the area of 305 Zetta Drive. Police said the truck’s owner was working on a construction project in the area, but the vehicle does not have any distinct markings on it.

The owner had all the keys to the truck in his possession.

Police said there are no suspects at this time and the theft is under investigation. Anyone with information can contact police at 636-390-1050.

‘Rash of Thefts’

Monday night at the city council administration/operations committee meeting, Chief Ed Menefee said there’s been an increase in vehicle thefts in recent days.

A 15-passenger Ford van and box trailer taken from First Christian Church in Washington were discovered missing Monday, Aug. 21. The van was found at a Farmington Walmart.

Charges have been filed in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court against William E. Johnson for stealing the van. Johnson, 44, is facing felony charges for stealing a motor vehicle, second-degree burglary and stealing of items valued at $25,000 or more.

Another vehicle was taken off Rand Street and recovered in the Berger area. Charges are pending in that case.

Menefee said he believe’s the rash of thefts are all drug-related. He said the increase is a good warning to people.

“Don’t leave your keys in your vehicle,” he said.